It’s that time again! Time for all of us to start organizing and cleaning and trying to get our homes back in order. For most of us, this will last maybe a week, maybe a month. But at least we try! Today I’m sharing 10 organizing tips to help you get your freezer in order.
And while I titled these organizing tips for your freezer, they all apply to your fridge too. So do both!
10 Organizing Tips To Get Your Freezer In Order
Have you ever wondered why freezers are made with such a small amount of room compared to the refrigerator? I know I keep a lot more in the freezer, and so organizing it to fit it all in is a challenge. Here are some organizing tips that you can use to make your freezer (and refrigerator!) easier to deal with.
Purge Your Freezer
Take inventory of what you have in the freezer and throw out any expired items or things you know you will never use. If you aren’t going to use it, toss it.
Tip: It’s a good idea to put this task on the calendar as a To Do every few months. That way, you can rotate older items to the front so you don’t forget about them or waste them.
The easiest way to stay organized and to save yourself money is to label everything that isn’t already labeled. What is the use of breaking down bulk-sized packages of meat if you aren’t going to label and date what is in them?
Tip: Use a Sharpie to write on freezer bags before you put the food in them. It’s easier to write on them that way.
Freeze Foods Flat
When you buy things in bulk and then break them down into smaller portions, make sure to freeze the new packages flat. Once frozen, you can either stack them or turn them upright and store them side-by-side.
Tip: Don’t forget to label them!
Keep Items Used Most Often In The Front
Do you get into the freezer every afternoon to get out frozen yogurt tubes or ice? Keeping those items in front limits the time you have the freezer door open so you can keep it at its optimal temperature.
Tip: This can also save you money because you aren’t leaving the freezer door open digging around for things.
Use Bins and Crates
Use small bins and crates to keep like items together. Keep frozen veggies in one and frozen meats in another.
Tip: If you do freezer cooking, keep everything for each meal together.
Think Before You Freeze
I have frozen leftovers that I knew we wouldn’t eat. I have frozen things that I know we won’t use that other people have given to me because I felt bad throwing it out. This just takes up precious freezer space and makes you save something you know you are going to toss later.
Tip: If you aren’t going to use it (and you already know it) don’t freeze it.
Check What’s Already In The Freezer
If you look in my freezer, you’ll find 5 bags of frozen peas and at least that many bags of frozen corn. Why? Because I don’t check to see what I have before I shop. Then at the grocery store, I argue with myself about whether or not I already have peas and corn. And just to be safe I’ll buy another bag.
Tip: Save yourself space – and money – and give your freezer the once over before you shop for more.
Cook Once, Eat Twice
So you buy 3 pounds of chicken breasts because they are on sale. But you only use 1 to 1-1/2 pounds at a time in your favorite chicken meal. Why not double the recipe and freeze half? Get rid of some of those peas and carrots (see the above tip) and make your favorite recipe tonight and enjoy again next month.
Need a meal idea that freezes well? Check out my chicken recipes. Simple. Fast. Yummy.
Tip: Buy in bulk when expensive meats and foods are on sale. Double the recipe, freeze one, and you’ve got an insta-meal ready for busy week nights.
Substitute Where You Can
You have a recipe that calls for a bag of frozen peas. You only have a bag of mixed veggies. Switch it up and make it work!
Tip: Save yourself money and freezer space. Don’t be afraid to substitute to
get rid of what you’ve got try a new spin on an old recipe.
Use The Old Stuff First
Remember those 5 bags of frozen peas I mentioned? I should also mention that 3 of the five bags are opened. Why? Because I wasn’t organized! I will also admit that even though those three bags are open, I haven’t consolidated.
Tip: If you find open bags of the same, consolidate!
An organized freezer is a happy freezer! What organizing tips do you use to keep your freezer and fridge organized?
This post originally appeared on Modern Day Moms as 10 Organizing Tips For Your Freezer…I thought it was time to share here now.